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Old Posted Apr 26, 2014, 7:52 PM
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Ni Hao Shanghai - part 1

I try to do one Formula 1 trip a year and so this year I chose Shanghai as my destination and put it out to friends that I was going... eventually 5 others joined me and so we set off to the incredible city of Shanghai.

We stayed at the Pacific Hotel across from the People's Park, highly recommended for location, service and price.

During the day we just walked around and explored, at night we chose great restaurants or stumbled upon local Shanghainese spots that looked busy and were fantastic.

We explored tourist areas, back streets, local favourites and fantastic neighbourhoods such as the French Concession.

A big thank you to Andrew, aka Gaillo, for giving us some tips and meeting us night 2 at Shanghai Brewery. We ended up at this wicked underground bunker bar, although I don't recall much of that...

People in the city were polite, helpful when needed and far more open than we initially would have thought.

Xiantiandi, Yu Gardens, an expat street with tons of bars/patios, fancy outdoor remade areas with awesome people watching and spectacular public parks.

Formula 1 was fun, although the weather kinda sucked... but an experience all to its own.

Pudong was surreal at times, but very tower in the park bland. The 3 standout towers along with the Pearl were simply incredible though. We went to the 100th floor observatory in the WFC and had the clouds clear just in time to get some great vistas... along with the coolest bottle cap opener in the world.

The Bund was particularly great, especially a couple of cocktails at the Long Bar at the Waldorf. Great dinning at Godfellas, fun cocktail bars and an amazing club 'Mint' on the top of an office tower complete with a shark tank. My favourite place to have a few was a neat little bar called Arcade where they had a wicked atmosphere, DJ and giant screen with an arcade machine loaded with about 1000 games from the 80s and 90s. The last night we hit up M2 or Muse 2 which was quite the party and sendoff.

All of us left the city with a great respect for it and yearning to get the hell back there as soon as we can for 9 days was simply not enough for that monster.

Wo ai ni Shanghai.

Enjoy!

Awaiting our plane in Vancouver after a short hop over from Edmonton... already 1 man down


Pudong Int'l


MAGLEV!!!




Incredible how many of these 'scenes' there were...


First views of the beasts


8mins, 30km, 430km/h


The subway system was easy to navigate, cheap as hell and clean.


View from our hotel entrance towards the People's Park








Xiao Long Bao of holy goodness - We ate here A LOT




Our little hotel with a larger spaceship behind it.






Nanjing Road East, tourist hell.








Darth Vader tower


Hey Milap, how much for that shoeshine again?








Very caring


Operable windows on a high-rise, unpossible.


Notice the hanging gardens along the elevated freeways...cool




Sadly, much of the Shinkumen traditional housing is being lost due to 'progress'
















Peppers anyone?


More hanging gardens


Canadians like anything with 'snow' in it


Fog, not smog




Early morning badminton, seniors dancing and tai chi...


You bet we do






Xiantiandi was fascinating... stores with bars and living above, hidden rooftop patios, alleyways, anything and everything


Kommune for breaky




hmmm


Scramble! China's Shibuya?




Multi-use sidewalks!




Stunning


Why so happy JC? Beer time?




Dubai, NYC, Paris, HK, it is all there














Finally got me my bottle cap opener... only 350RMB


High on beer








I like the blue ones myself








Traffic was not too insane, electric scooters of death = always be aware, but everything just worked. Traffic melded and flowed.


Zaijian
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2014, 9:02 PM
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Nice photo tour Cold! I've definitely gotta check out Shanghai sometime.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2014, 10:18 PM
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Its been 15 years since I have been in Shanghai - and I can from your pictures it looks even more dense than it was. I liked Shanghai better than Beijing or Hong Kong where I also spent 5 days in each place (as well as other places). Great pictures by the way - good detail. What camera did you use?
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2014, 10:29 PM
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Looked like an amazing time.
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Nice shots, man!

It was nice hooking up with you guys that night. I was definitely feeling it the next morning though. 5am weekday nights will do that to a man.

One correction: The area you labeled as Xintiandi is actually Tianzifang. Xintiandi is far more, ahem, monied.
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Old Posted Apr 27, 2014, 9:26 AM
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Thanks for sharing!

What is ' hanging garden'?
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Stunning! Shanghai is an spectacular city in all senses. I was there just once, in 2001, and I got impressed, so I imagine nowadays...

Thanks for this complete tour and pictures.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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Thanks for sharing!

What is ' hanging garden'?
Little flower clusters above the bikes and alongside the highways.
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Nice pictures! I was there in 2011/2012 and that city is crazy, would love to go back and see Shanghai Tower.
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Dubai, NYC, Paris, HK, it is all there
Shanghai will never be New York. NYC is very diverse in terms of population. It's a healthy mix of people with different ethic backgrounds whereas Shanghai is filled with mostly one single background. Is that a bad thing? No, but I'd prefer to spend time in diverse areas. (in school, after school programs,parks etc)

Shanghai still has a loooong ways to go before becoming diverse.

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First of all, nothing will 'ever be NYC'.

Second of all, I am pretty sure NYC started out as not very diverse... FN then Dutch predominantly.

Thirdly, Shanghai is becoming one of the great international cities which means more in migration of diversity.

Fourthly, their parks were impressive with if anything I have set foot in in NYC, but lack the size of Central or the wickedness of Prospect.

Shanghai is NYC in the early 1900s IMO... give it some time, but it will be A great city that will be quite diverse.

There are already neighbourhoods that are diverse and very european in nature.

What my comment was about the buildings you see in that one image... towers that you would find in all of those cities.

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Wow, I just got a hi-rise brain freeze (not a bad thing though). Thanks for sharing your trip Cold.
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I want a bottle opener from there! Thanks for these, awesome.
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I was born and raised there, haven't been back for over a year, I miss it there.
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Great shots. Really captures the essence of the place.

I've always wanted to buy one of those SWFC bottle openers, but I simply can't justify spending 350RMB on a bottle opener...
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Nice photos! No 1 or 2 on my "want to go list" in the world together with Hong Kong. There seem to be fog often in the city, I've heard it hard to get one week with only good weather.
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